Scottish national under-20 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Saturday 15th February 2014
Jonny Currie made the journey north to Glasgow for the Scottish national indoor championships hoping to improve on his bronze medal in last year’s under-18 800m race. Jonny now competes in the under-20 age group and has been returning to form after injury and illness although with a string of fast times over the distance last summer he certainly had no-one to fear.
A confident run in the heats saw the Tynedale youngster line up for the final among the favourites. Starting assertively Jonny led the field around the first of four 200m laps in a shade under 28 seconds and through 400m in a little over 56 seconds. Still leading as the bell approached to signal the final lap Jonny was readying himself for his final drive for victory when disaster struck. Tripped from behind by one of the other runners, he couldn’t regain his balance and crashed to the floor. By the time he was up and running again the race was over and the sympathetic applause of the large crowd was little consolation for the youngster as he crossed the line a dejected 6th.
Not one to let his disappointment linger Jonny had an outside shot at a medal in the 1500m some 2 hours later. Whilst not his favoured event, Jonny has shown form over longer distances this winter and ran an intelligent race that belied his inexperience over the distance. Always well positioned, he put himself into medal contention with 600m to go and held on for a battling third place and a much deserve bronze medal.
The indoor season is a helpful marker of progress with winter training and on these performances Jonny will be optimistic of another successful summer season to build on his progress in 2013.